Our first stop the day after Abe’s black belt testing was Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts. I knew Louisa May Alcott’s house was in Concord, but I had no idea how many other author’s lived there. The apartment we were staying in had a Boston area visitor’s guide and I looked through it our first night in town. We had originally wanted to go to Boston but we were limited to two nights (the owners were only gone for the weekend) and we were a little nervous about the whole subway thing with six children. I realized after looking at the guide that there was plenty in Concord to keep us occupied! Of course, I knew the whole Revolutionary War history was there (it is the Concord of Lexington and Concord, after all!), but I had no idea of the rich literary history!

One must see for any classic literature enthusiast is Author’s Ridge in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. I secretly wanted to go there as soon as I heard who is buried there, but thought it might be hard to find. Nope. We passed right by it on the way to testing on Sunday. Since we wanted to be out of the apartment really early Monday morning (in case the owner came back early), we decided to stop there before any of the museums opened.

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It is a beautiful cemetery.

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The first grave we came to on Author’s Ridge was Henry David Thoreau. Here is a picture of the whole family’s plot:

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And Thoreau’s grave:

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On up the ridge on the left is the Hawthorne family plot:

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Nathaniel Hawthorne is buried on the left side of the plot in the back:

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One of his most famous works, The Scarlet Letter, is available for free on Kindle. (click on the title of the book to go directly to Amazon.com)

On the other side of the ridge at the very top is the family grave site of Louisa May Alcott:

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Kenny thought it appropriate to take a picture of his girls at her gravesite:

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We had to search a bit to find the last author, Ralph Waldo Emerson. He was around the corner from the others:

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His grave is marked with the giant stone.

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If you are wondering, YES, the big boys thought it was odd that I was taking so many pictures in a cemetery. ­čÖé Here is a look down from the top of the ridge:

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We learned more about Henry David Thoreau later in the day when we visited the Concord Museum. Come back this Friday to hear more!